The Battle Of Leyte Gulf: The Last Fleet Action

Paperback | August 31, 2015

byH. P. Willmott

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the greatest naval engagement in history. The battle was four separate actions, none of which were fought in the Gulf itself, and the result was the destruction of Japanese naval power in the Pacific. This book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the fighting from both sides. It provides the context of the battle, most obviously in terms of Japanese calculations and the search for "a fitting place to die" and "the chance to bloom as flowers of death." Using Japanese material never previously noted in western accounts, H. P. Willmott provides new perspectives on the unfolding of the battle and very deliberately seeks to give readers a proper understanding of the importance of this battle for American naval operations in the following month. This careful interrogation of the accounts of "the last fleet action" is a significant contribution to military history.

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the greatest naval engagement in history. The battle was four separate actions, none of which were fought in the Gulf itself, and the result was the destruction of Japanese naval power in the Pacific. This book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the fighting from both sides. It provides the context ...

H. P. Willmott has written extensively on warfare in general and the Second World War in particular. Among his books are Empires in the Balance; The Barrier and the Javelin; The Great Crusade (a military reinterpretation of the Second World War); Grave of a Dozen Schemes: British Naval Planning and the War against Japan, 1943-1945; and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 31, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025301901X

ISBN - 13:9780253019011

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1. The Nature of War and Victory
2. The Option of Difficulties: The American Situation in the Aftermath of the Victory in the Philippine Sea
3. The Search for Solutions: The Japanese Situation in the Aftermath of Defeat in the Philippine Sea
4. Preliminaries: 6-18 October 1944
5. Advance and Contact, 18-24 October 1944
6. The Great Day of Wrath: 25 October 1944
7. The Naval Battle for the Philippines: The Postscript, 26 October-30 November 1944
8. To Pause and Consider: Blame, Responsibility, and the Verdict of History.
Appendixes
Notes
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Index

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"The Battle of Leyte Gulf is an outstanding addition to a Pacific library." -Paper Wars, August 2008